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What is EMF Radiation?

EMF protection is no easy feat.

As you’ll learn below, electromagnetic radiation emits from sources all around us – many of which are beyond our control. So is shielding yourself easy? No.

Possible? Yes…once you are armed with the right information.

Providing the knowledge and tools you need to protect yourself and your family against dangerous EMF.

What Is EMF?

EMF stands for electromagnetic field, and everything has one – some are natural (good), others are artificial (bad). The energy projected by these fields is known as electromagnetic radiation, which consists of light particles that travel in wave-like patterns.

The amount of energy in these photons determines where a particular form of electromagnetic radiation lies in the spectrum. This is expressed in terms of frequency or wavelength.

The two types of electromagnetic radiation that we are most concerned with shielding ourselves from are Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) and Radio Frequency (RF).

For centuries, man dealt primarily with low-intensity electromagnetic fields naturally produced by the earth and our own bodies – the kind that are vital for biological communication and processes.

With the rise of the digital era, however, we now face man-made electromagnetic radiation that produces higher intensity electromagnetic fields.

These dangerous EMFs are invisible and can’t be heard, but you might be surprised to know it’s everywhere – our homes, places of work, cars, and even places we go to eat.

They also infiltrate the places you regard as your sanctuary. In fact, you are probably being irradiated by different EMFs as you read this page. It’s so invasive that the World Health Organization categorizes as a form of pollution known as electro-smog. Not a very pleasant thought, is it?

Thankfully, there are things you can do to protect yourself. But first, you must identify the sources.

Sources of EMF

I mentioned in the previous section how there are natural sources of electromagnetic fields. These are sources we have lived with for generations and include:

  • Ionizing radiation from the earth
  • The magnetic field of the earth
  • Infrared and UV radiation from sunlight
  • Electric charges in the atmosphere connected to thunderstorms

When it comes to EMF protection, we are concerned with artificial sources such as:

  • Cell phones, smartphones, and tablets
  • Power lines
  • Cell towers
  • Smart meters
  • Wi-Fi routers
  • TV and computer screens
  • Radio and TV signals
  • Microwave ovens
  • Metal plumbing
  • Satellite communication
  • Hair dryers
  • Alarm clocks
  • Compact fluorescent lights
  • Fitness trackers
  • Appliances
  • Electric wiring (dirty electricity)
  • Headphones
  • And more

While this is far from being a comprehensive list, it should give you an idea of the most common sources of EMF you should be aware of.

Dangers and Side Effects of EMF

Our bodies have their own magnetic and electric functions. Just think about some of your most important systems – heart, digestion, brain, nervous system. Electric communications play a vital role in them.

The frequencies emitted by artificial EMF sources interfere with the function of such systems, resulting in symptoms like:

  • Headaches
  • Digestion issues
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Dizziness
  • Brain fog
  • Compromised immune system
  • Tingling sensations

But that’s not all:

The first series of research into EMF concluded that it didn’t have a negative effect on human health because it doesn’t ionize molecules in the way nuclear radiation and X-rays do.

However, with further research, scientists have now discovered that EMFs can heat up tissues in our bodies the same way a microwave oven warms your food.

As you’ve probably guessed, that’s not good.  

So, let’s examine some of the potential health dangers that can be caused by electromagnetic radiation according to science.

1. Breast Cancer

Breasts contain soft fatty tissues that can absorb some EMFs, including cell phone radiation.

Studies carried out on young women who kept their cell phones in their bra over the years have revealed that they developed tumor growth below the location of the antenna where their phone was stored.

Since the women had no genetic predisposition or family history of breast cancer, the researchers assumed that the tumor development could be as a result of EMF exposure.

2. Children’s Development

Kids have a much thinner and softer skull compared to adults. They also contain more fluid content. As a result, the Environmental Health Trust noted that children could be at a higher risk of experiencing effects of EMF exposure since radiation can be more deeply absorbed into their brains.

Many of us consider healthy food, play and sleep to be of utmost importance in our children’s health. In the same vein, we should also consider their environmental factors, such as EMF exposure, to be equally important.

3. Asthma

The result of a study spanning over 13 years on 626 California children revealed that if a pregnant woman is exposed to magnetic fields greater than 0.3 mG, there is a high likelihood of her child suffering from asthma during childhood. This study was published in the Archives of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

4. Female and Male Reproduction

Evidence from studies and experimental research at the Cleveland Clinic, as well as other major research centers in the world, have revealed that the exposure of healthy men to mobile phone radiation can reduce sperm quality and develop damage to mitochondrial DNA compared to other, unexposed healthy men.

Also, a series of animal studies has revealed that exposure to EMF can harm as well as decrease the number of ovaries follicles in women.

Take note that this is by no means a comprehensive list of side effects as we all react differently to EMF stress.

How to Measure EMF

EMF emissions are measured in three different ways by building biologists:

AC Magnetic Fields

These are low-frequency magnetic fields that emanate from household wiring, substations, power lines, and other electrical appliances.

AC Magnetic Fields are measured with a Gauss meter to identify potentially harmful low-frequency magnetic fields. The measurement unit of this EMF form is in milliGauss (mG).

Here are some steps you can take to detect EMF output of anything that runs on main AC electricity:

  • Get a Gaussmeter to identify the AC magnetic hotspots.
  • Use the Gaussmeter to check for magnetic fields from places you spend a lot of time (i.e. your bedroom). Then check individual devices like your phone charger, alarm clock, and the wall wiring at the head of your bed.
  • Any unit below 0.2mG is considered safe, while 0.2 to 1mG causes high concern, 1 to 5 mG shows severe concern, and above 5mG extreme concern.

Radio Frequencies

These are high-frequency EMFs usually emitted by devices such as microwave ovens, baby monitors, mobile and cordless phones, smart meters, Wifi and Bluetooth devices.

This EMF is measured using a radio frequency meter and uses microwatts per square meter as a metric. Most often, RF meters can’t measure radio frequency close to the source but can indicate the presence of far-field radio frequency.

Steps for measuring radio frequency:

  • Get an RF meter to identify the RF hotspots in your house.
  • Once you discover the sources, use the device to disconnect or remove the RF-emitting device.
  • Any unit below 0.1 u W/m2 is considered safe, 0.1 to 10 u W/m2 raises slight concern, 10 to 1000 u W /m2 raises severe concern, and anything above 1000 u W /m2 should be taken with extreme concern.

Electrical Fields

Electrical fields emanate from different AC power sources and can be quite tricky to measure. In fact, the reading on some electrical field meters can be affected by the presence of a human body.

As a result of this, electrical fields aren’t measured directly. Instead, the AC body voltage is measured with the use of a multimeter.

Electrical fields are measured in volts (V) AC. Units under 0.1V AC are considered safe, 0.1 to 2V AC causes slight concern, 2 to 15V AC causes and above 15V AC extreme concern.

So far, we’ve learned what EMF is, where it comes from, its side effects, and how to detect EMF.

The rest of this guide will focus solely on protection against EMF radiation.

Common EMF Protection Materials

Most effective electromagnetic protection devices utilize one or a combination of the following materials:

1. Copper

Copper, usually in the form of copper mesh, is one of the most reliable metals in EMF shielding. It is highly effective in shielding and guarding against most wavelength radio frequency radiation as a result of its ability to shield both magnetic and electrical waves.

Take note, however, that copper only has the ability to block and deflect EMF radiation – not absorb it.

2. Aluminum

Aluminum can help shield against most wavelength radio frequency radiation because it is a conductor of electricity. It forms a barrier called a Faraday cage, which helps block radio waves.

Aluminum can also block microwave EMF radiation. These radiations travel in straight lines, and aluminum acts as a barrier that prevents the wave from penetrating through it.

3. Stainless Steel

This is another great option for shielding against EMF. Steel is stronger and better at shielding against low-frequency EMF than nearly any other shielding material.

4. Shungite

This black, lustrous mineral is made up of more than 90% carbon. It is composed of fullerenes – large, hollow carbon molecules arranged in the shape of a sphere.

Thanks to carbon’s incredible absorption ability and the mineral’s cage-like arrangement of carbon molecules, shungite can absorb and neutralize harmful EMF frequencies.

5. Silver

Silver is a powerful antimicrobial agent that has been used across time and culture for its numerous health benefits.

Silver can also protect against dangerous electromagnetic radiation when used in the right quantity and manner. It works as an anti-radiation material when used just the way a mirror reflects light. Positively charged silver ions are able to reflect electromagnetic radiation from cell phones and other appliances away from the body.

Because of this, silver is commonly used in clothing meant to block EMFs.

6. Stones

In addition to shungite, there are several other stones used to shield against EMFs. Each uses a different mechanism of action, but all involve either neutralizing, absorbing, or cleansing electromagnetic fields.

Some of the most popular EMF protection stones include:

  • Tourmaline
  • Organite
  • Magnetite

How EMF Protection Devices Work

There are several different ways to attack EMF radiation. You can either block and deflect it, absorb it, neutralize it, or strengthen your body’s own natural defenses.

Let’s look at a few of the most common methods of action:

1. Measurable Reduction

Also known as attenuation, this method of protection regulates how much EMF radiation seeps through to your body. Unless you live in a Faraday cage, complete eradication isn’t realistic, so reduction is the goal.

This method would include the use of materials like silver, aluminum, and shungite. Its effects can be measured and clearly seen with a quality EMF meter.

2. Neutralization

Neutralizing EMFs takes a little more faith as it can’t be measured, although more and more research is mounting in favor of it. This method works by counteracting the harmful positive ions generated by EMFs with safer negative ions generated by whatever material or source the product uses.

3. Strengthening the Body’s Own Defenses

This method involves boosting the body’s own electromagnetic field to the point where it can overcome any negative effects of artificial fields. This is most often accomplished by focusing on strengthening our natural frequency, which is the same as Earth’s – known as the Schumann Resonance.

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